“ THE GLOBAL DEGREE ”

A CONCISE AND INNOVATIVE PROPOSAL THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION

“ONE WORLD - ONE DEGREE - MANY CAPABILITIES"

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.” T. S. Eliot

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THE CONCEPT

The global developments and the contemporary international setting dictate more than ever the reorientation of the existing educational structures and the creation of new ones, in order to respond to the new challenges that countries and students are facing. The formulation and development of a new educational structure and mode, such as the proposed “Global Degree”, comes to fill this gap. This new educational norm based on the Methodology of the “International Academic Credit” (IAC), which will be globally established, will create solutions for making learning more targeted, flexible, updated and applicable. The “Global Degree Project” will also accommodate life - long learning and continuous education programs. It will work on a parallel route with conventional degrees offered by Universities around the globe and it should not aim to substitute the existing higher education structures. The Institutions that will participate in the “Global Degree Project” will sign an “International Academic Treaty” and adopt the “International

Academic Credit” (IAC) as a parallel system to those that they already use. Participating Institutions could then award a “Global Degree” to successful graduates without abolishing awarding their traditional ones. “Global Degrees” will acquire the same academic and professional rights as conventional ones in the country of the awarding Institution and globally where possible. “Global Degrees” will have an additional distinct logo and watermark in order to be distinguished from the conventional ones that Institutions award. Each student accumulates the newly established “International Academic Credits” (IACs) as he/ she did so far with traditional credits or ECTS for instance, with the distinctive difference that the location, the time, the mode of learning and the institution are now placed on a different layer and they do not

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© Dr. Kyriakos Kouveliotis   constitute constraints but opportunities for flexible learning and continuing education processes. More specifically, what is proposed is an “extensive hybrid” higher education methodology, where each student will build his/ her own Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree regardless the mode of attendance (full time, part time, distance learning), the method of studying (conventionally, via e-learning, virtual learning, Second Life), the location of the University, or even the language of tuition. Students will then be awarded a “Global Degree” by any of the Institutions that will participate in the “Global Degree Consortium” and additionally, they will be able to build new Degrees and to acquire new knowledge in the future based on the “International Academic Credits” (IACs) they have already attained. A Civil Engineer, for instance, could receive his/ her “Global Degree” and in fifteen years he/ she could return to University and study to be an Architect using the relevant “International Academic Credits” he/ she has accumulated in the past as an engineering student plus those that are specialized for Architecture. In this way, continuous education is enhanced and the learning process never stops.

METHODOLOGY

The core methodological instrument is the International Academic Credit (IAC) which measures and represents the academic workload, which is required for studying. Similarly to the ECTS the International Academic Credits (IACs) are measured as follows: Relation between the expected learning outcomes (based on the selected teaching and learning methods and assessment approaches) and the time available in terms of student workload. To earn 1 International Academic Credit, a student must carry out 25 hours of activity. These could be broken in:

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© Dr. Kyriakos Kouveliotis   • • • attending or viewing lectures individual study activities or practical / lab exercises

The Methodology also uses all the current innovative technological educational tools such as virtual learning via Second Life but also the latest telematic applications on distance education and e-learning whereas, digital/ satellite television and the internet serve as educational platforms. In the centre of the “Global Degree Methodology” and the International Academic Credit is the student. The didactic model achieves the following changes in learning dynamics: ü from teacher-centered to student-centered learning ü from the transmission of knowledge to the building of knowledge ü from passive and competitive learning to active and collaborative learning

In this new model proposed by educational psychology, the individual student becomes the centre of the educational process:

Everything focus on the student as the “Global Degree Didactic Model” is been build around his/ her academic and professional aspirations.

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IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

The following implementation steps should be realized in order to forward the “Global Degree Project”:

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Establishment of an international steering committee Creation of an International Consortium in the form of a not for profit Organization under the name of “Global Degree”

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Institutionalization of the “International Academic Credit (IAC)” Development of a liaison network with Universities, International Organizations and Private and Public Entities

Signing of the relevant “International Academic Treaty” which will put the “Global Degree” into effect

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“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
” Plato

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